Lesser Pine Katydid (Orchelimum minor)

Song of a Lesser Pine Katydid (scroll down for explanation and additional recordings!).

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An inhabitant of pine trees and other evergreens, the Lesser Pine Katydid blends in so well that a singing male can be very difficult to find. Although camouflaged when rest- ing on needles or cones, pine katydids are actually very beautiful, with orange eyes and legs, spruce green bodies, reddish brown backs, and yellow accents on their abdomens.

Range Map for Lesser Pine Katydid

Lesser Pine Katydid

Lesser Pine Katydids range across the southeastern US from New Jersey to Central Florida and west through Mississippi.

Song: An evenly spaced series of high-pitched shufflling trills, each lasting about a second. The frequency is 10–20 kHz. Song has a purring quality that makes it one of the most pleasing of all of the meadow katydids, but many people have trouble hearing it. On a quiet afternoon in a pine thicket, the shuffles of pine katydids combine to create a blanket of restful sound, coming from all directions.
 
Sonogram of a Lesser Pine Katydid. © Wil Hershberger.

 

 

Lesser Pine Katydid

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Meadow Katydids (Tettigoniidae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Saltmarsh Meadow Katydid
Short-winged Meadow Katydid
Slender Meadow Katydid
Woodland Meadow Katydid
Straight-lanced Meadow Katydid
Agile Meadow Katydid
Black-legged Meadow Katydid
Common Meadow Katydid
Gladiator Meadow Katydid
Handsome Meadow Katydid
Lesser Pine Meadow Katydid
Long-spurred Meadow Katydid
Red-headed Meadow Katydid
Coneheads (Copiphorinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Round-tipped Conehead
Nebraska Conehead
Robust Conehead
Slightly Musical Conehead
Sword-bearing Conehead
False Robust Conehead
True Katydids (Pseudophyllinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Common True Katydid
False Katydids (Phaneropterinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
Clicker Round-winged Katydid
Common Virtuoso Katydid
Rattler Round-winged Katydid
Oblong-winged Katydid
Great Angle-wing
Lesser Angle-wing
Broad-winged Bush Katydid
Curved-tailed Bush Katydid
Fork-tailed Bush Katydid
Northern Bush Katydid
Texas Bush Katydid
Treetop Bush Katydid
Shield-backed Katydids (Tettigoniinae):
FAMILY DESCRIPTION
American Shieldback
Least Shieldback
Protean Shieldback
Robust Shieldback
Roesel’s Katydid

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